Book Reviews, Fantasy, Fiction  |  04.20.2021

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.
Le Cirque des Rêves
The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.


Historical Fiction | Fantasy | Magical Realism

Trigger Warning:

Parental abuse

Spoiler-Free Review:

The best word to describe The Night Circus is enchanting.

Erin Morgenstern carefully sculpts each word, crafting an impossibly magical world caught between nightmare and dream.

This is the story of a girl and a boy with unique talents who enter a competition, of an impossible traveling troupe, twins that can read the past and interpret the future, and the power of narratives.

The setting is late 19th century and early 20th century. Celia is the daughter of the renowned Prospero the Magician, and she is visited by The Man in the Grey Suit at the age of six to be bound into a competition. Marco is an orphan, and many years later he is adopted by the same man and then bounded to Celia. They are now destined to enter a competition to which they do not know the rules, only its inevitability.

The circus, known as The Cirques du Rêves is an intriguingly captivating attraction that arrives and departs mysteriously, enchanting all of those who are lucky enough to spend one night seeing its many wonders. The power of the circus is so wide that the most arduous fans call themselves the “rêveurs”, and dedicate their lives to chasing the circle and exploring as many tents as they can.

Leaking magical realism, The Night Circus will not be a book for everyone due to its unique pacing. But, if you do decide to give it a shot, it can be an immersive experience.

I already knew about Morgenstern’s incredible talent from reading the equally breathtaking The Starless Sea. But having The Night Circus as a debut novel is an outstanding achievement.

RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆ (5 Stars)

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Goodreads | Waterstones

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